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Israeli couscous

mr mouther Nov 20, 2005 03:47 PM

Anyone know restaurants or grocery stores serving Israeli couscous?...got a craving for experimenting with it, but haven't been able to find any for sale, so now just need to eat some

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    Maria Los Nachos RE: mr mouther Nov 20, 2005 03:56 PM

    Whole Foods carries it in the prepared foods section (at least at the 3rd and Fairfax location). I like it, but have nothing to compare it to.

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      JudiAU RE: mr mouther Nov 20, 2005 05:38 PM

      Lucques serves it on occasion. Surfas carries it.

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        smogqueen RE: mr mouther Nov 20, 2005 07:15 PM

        I actually just bought some today. I have had good luck finding it in Armenian neighborhoods. Bought it today at the Vons on Los Feliz Blvd. at San Fernando. You can get packets of it much cheaper than if you go to a gourmet shop.

        That said, I've seen it at Surfa's and Say Cheese in Silverlake.

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          Hailyn RE: mr mouther Nov 20, 2005 09:50 PM

          Trader Joe's carries it.

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            Jerome RE: mr mouther Nov 21, 2005 02:43 AM

            Give this place a try
            Elat Market, 8730 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035, (310) 659-7070 ...

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              mr mouther RE: mr mouther Nov 21, 2005 10:47 AM

              thanks chowers - i'm on way...

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                Farid RE: mr mouther Jul 17, 2006 04:18 AM

                You can go to pretty much any Middle Eastern store to get moghrebiya (which means North African or Maghrebin in the Levant). They've been eating this for hundreds of years in the Levant.

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                  Jerome RE: Farid Jul 19, 2006 06:15 AM

                  The way the muslims make couscous in the Maghreb and the Jews made it there was a little different. I think the Jews used bigger round "berries" of couscous while the muslims used something closer to rice grains in size.

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                    Farid RE: Jerome Jul 24, 2006 08:13 PM

                    Those round "berries" are also called berkoukes and they have been eaten by all groups in North Africa, regardless of relgious or ethnic background.

                    There are references to them in Medieval Arab cookbooks.

                    www.chefzadi.com (Algerian cuisine blog
                    )www.bookofrai.com (Covers cusine from different parts of the world and also Maghrebi cuisine in general)

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                      mr mouther RE: Farid Jul 24, 2006 08:18 PM

                      Thanks Farid - those are excellent sites. Much appreciated.

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                        Jerome RE: Farid Jul 25, 2006 07:52 AM

                        thanks for the info. Certainly, they are popular in Israel as is Maghrebi cooking in general.

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                    torta basilica RE: mr mouther Jul 17, 2006 05:02 AM

                    Grower's Direct and now... Trader Joe's. First had it at Zov's about 3 years ago & LOVED it!!! I've found cooking it in a boullion or soup stock & sauteeing some garlic/onions/shallots, etc to toss in helps a lot.

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                      triplecreme RE: mr mouther Jul 19, 2006 06:16 PM

                      Surfas in Culver City sells big bags of it.

                      1. geezopeez RE: mr mouther Aug 11, 2006 06:09 PM

                        Nature Mart on Hillhurst in Los Feliz sells it in bulk for $2.59 a pound.

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